S. Representative Lou Barletta (R-Hazleton) and other local leaders and elected officials at its Duryea manufacturing facility on Thursday to showcase the capabilities and research facilities of the glass manufacturer and discuss with the Congressman continued employment growth in the region. The Duryea facility opened in 1969 and manufactures a complete line of SCHOTT optical glass, filter glass, laser glass and ZERODUR glass-ceramic.
"I'm very impressed with what I saw today at the SCHOTT facility in Duryea," Congressman Barletta said. "SCHOTT has been an integral part of Northeastern Pennsylvania for many years, and they are a tremendous addition to our local economy. I'm very proud of the work that's one here at SCHOTT, and that's a credit to the quality of the local workforce."
"We're proud to highlight the high-tech jobs SCHOTT has been creating in the region for the past four decades," said Linda S. Mayer, President & CEO, SCHOTT North America, Inc. "Duryea has been an important facility for the production of high-quality glass and glass ceramic products for defense, government and industry and we're fortunate to have an advocate for area workforce development in Congressman Barletta."
Rep. Barletta was joined on a facility tour by State Sen. John Blake, State Rep. Mike Carroll and Duryea Mayor Keith Moss. In addition to viewing optical glass production, the tour visited the research and development area, where materials scientists and engineers work to advance the glass industry.
Among other projects, SCHOTT in Duryea works closely with the University of Scranton in a joint effort to develop and refine specialty glasses for use in high-power laser facilities. In addition, Duryea has been instrumental in developing many unique products, including contrast enhancement filters for aircraft displays and laser glass for high energy and integrated optics applications.
About SCHOTT North America, Inc. SCHOTT is an international technology group with more than 125 years of experience in the areas of specialty glasses and materials and advanced technologies. SCHOTT ranks number one in the world with many of its products. Its core markets are the household appliance, solar power, pharmaceuticals, electronics, optics, transportation and architecture industries. The company is strongly committed to contributing to its customers' success and making SCHOTT an important part of people's lives with high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is committed to managing its business in a sustainable manner and supporting its employees, society and the environment. The SCHOTT Group maintains close proximity to its customers with manufacturing and sales units in all major markets. Its workforce of around 17,500 employees generated worldwide sales of approximately 2.9 billion euros for the 2009/2010 fiscal year. SCHOTT AG, with its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.
About SCHOTT Advanced Optics
SCHOTT Advanced Optics in Duryea, PA. offers optical materials, components and filters. With a product portfolio of over 100 optical glasses, special materials, such as active laser glass, IR materials, sapphire, synthetic fused silica, ultra-thin glass, high-precision optical components, wafers, optical glass filters, Advanced Optics develops customized solutions worldwide for applications in areas such as optics, lithography, astronomy, opto-electronics, life sciences, and research. Advanced Optics masters the entire value chain: from customer-specific glass development and its production all the way to high-precision optical product finishing, processing and measurement.